Germany v Italy betting tips – no reason to desert Azzurri on Saturday

No reason to desert Azzurri on Saturday

Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Italy and Spain, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)


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Betting Tip: Italy +1.00 @ 2/3 with ladbrokes

On 29 March this year, Germany and Italy met in Munich and it was a one-sided affair that saw Die Mannschaft run out 4-1 winners.

Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze put the Germans 2-0 up before the break and further goals from Hector and Ozil made it a thrashing for an Azzurri side who did not look like Euro 2016 champions-elect.

However, Italy are renowned for being flimsy in friendly matches and they have truly stepped up to the plate in France, claiming victories against Belgium and Sweden which earned the Azzurri top spot in Group E.

Somewhat unfairly, the Italians were pitted against Spain on Monday where they outclassed La Roja and now face the toughest possible opponents in Germany.

Antonio Conte admits it’s going to be a tricky ordeal for his side, although their performance against Spain suggests they’ve got a decent chance against a German side who beat Slovakia 3-0 in the previous round.

Conte cautioned: “We come into this on the back of a 4-1 defeat in March in Germany. I think we are playing the best side bar none, we will need a titanic effort against Germany from every perspective. But when the going gets tough we tend to respond, we will savour this victory and think about Germany from tomorrow.

“There is no point hiding the fact it is not the rosiest period in talent. Given we can’t fall back on the selection of players we have to be a team. From the outset the only route forward to achieve some semblance of success is to try and be a club, a team that plays a league season, we can’t allow ourselves to simply be a group of players. I have waged a battle over the last two years to persuade people to grasp this point and we are a team.”

Germany will have to break down the trident that is Chiellini, Barzagli and Bonucci, with Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks and having not yet conceded during this tournament.

Slovakia were no match for them, with Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler particularly outstanding in that last sixteen match although higher intensity is required for this clash.

Ultimately, it could be a tight game but we’re happy to go with a powerful Italy side who are capable of landing at least a draw from the game.

Betting Tip: Italy +1.00 @ 2/3 with ladbrokes

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